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Biography for WRIGHT, Keith Webb

Member for Capricornia (Qld) 1984-93

Australian Labor Party to Feb. 1993; Independent from Feb. 1993

Parliamentary Service

State: Elected to the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Rockhampton South from 18.5.69 to 27.5.72 and for Rockhampton from 27.5.72. Resigned 5.11.84.

Federal: Elected to the House of Representatives for Capricornia, Queensland, 1984, 1987 and 1990.

Defeated at general elections 1993.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Library from 8.10.87 to 19.2.90; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 20.4.88 to 8.2.93.

Joint Statutory: Public Works from 28.2.85 to 18.2.86 to 8.2.93; Australian Security Intelligence Organization from 31.8.88 (Presiding Member from 17.5.90) to 8.2.93.

Joint Standing: Australian Capital Territory from 28.2.85 to 5.6.87.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the USSR and Poland, June-July 1986.

Member, 33rd CPA Conference, Kuala Lumpur, September 1987.

Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Vietnam and Indonesia, January-February 1989.

Parliamentary Party Positions

State: Leader of the State Parliamentary Labor Party (Qld) from 20.10.82 to 29.8.84.

Leader of the Opposition (Qld) from 20.10.82 to 29.8.84.

Shadow Minister for Education, Justice, Consumer Affairs, Treasury, Small Business 1972-82.


Born 9.1.42 at Toowoomba, Qld.

Died 13.01.2015, Vietnam.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA, AEd (Qld).

Graduate, Kelvin Grove Teachers College.

Member of the Australian College of Education.

Country Fellow, Royal Australian Institute of Public Administration.


Member, Legislative Assembly, Queensland (see Parliamentary Service above).


A manual in mathematics for parents, teachers and students, Rockhampton, Qld: K.W. Wright, 1971.

Community service directory, Rockhampton, Qld: Scout Association of Australia, 1978.

The victor or the vanquished - a manual in political campaigning, Vision Press, 1983.

Security in Retirement: a New Understanding.

Military Service

CMF 1961-62.


Description: Provincial.

Location: Central Queensland coast; it includes the centres of Alpha, Blackwater, Clermont, Dysart, Middlemount, Moranbah, Mt Morgan and Yeppoon.

It also includes Great Keppel Island.

Area: 114 829 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 80 398 (at 15.2.93).

Industries: Coal mining, grazing, fishing, forestry, grains, meatworks and crocodile farming.

State electorates: Capricornia includes the Queensland Legislative Assembly electorates of Broadsound, Rockhampton and Rockhampton North, and parts of Auburn, Bowen, Callide, Mirani, Peak Downs and Port Curtis.